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Alhamra hosts musical concert

By Our Correspondent
October 24, 2023
The participants of the Ensemble 4.1 playing pieces by Ludwig van Beethoven and Walter Gieseking at Hall 1, Alhamra Lahore Arts Council on October 23, 2023. — Facebook/Annemarie Schimmel Haus
The participants of the Ensemble 4.1 playing pieces by Ludwig van Beethoven and Walter Gieseking at Hall 1, Alhamra Lahore Arts Council on October 23, 2023. — Facebook/Annemarie Schimmel Haus

Lahore: This year, for the first time the Annemarie-Schimmel-Haus (German Cultural Centre Lahore) partnered with All Pakistan Music Conference 2023 and brought the renowned Ensemble 4.1 to Lahore.

The Ensemble consisting of a pianist and four wind instrument players performed pieces by Ludwig van Beethoven and Walter Gieseking on Monday at Hall 1, Alhamra, The Mall. This concert is part of the ensemble’s Pakistan tour and performance in four cities—Karachi, Hyderabad, Lahore and Islamabad. Exactly 10 years ago, an invitation from the then director of the Goethe-Institut Karachi to perform in Pakistan gave the initial impetus for founding the ‘ensemble 4.1’, the only piano windtet of this kind in the world; 125 concerts, 2 CDs and an ‘OPUS Klassik’ nomination later, the ensemble is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year by performing in the Berlin Philharmonic, the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, the Wigmore Hall in London and the Carnegie Hall in New York. And of course, the anniversary celebrations would not be complete without holding concerts in Pakistan marking a return to the ensemble's “birthplace”.